I just finished reading Zondervan’s newest counterpoints book, Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?. It is one of the best in the series. I’ll offer more detailed comments in a future post. For now I want to highlight something said by the general editor, Charles Halton.
“Determining the genre of Gen 1-11 and its proper interpretation is an extremely difficult task. To do it competently, one must be able to read Genesis in Hebrew and Greek, have a knowledge of the history of its interpretation, be acquainted with critical methods and conclusions, understand the various theories of historiography and the ways in which ancient authors composed narratives of the past, be able to compare Gen 1-11 with cognate texts, and so on. No one scholar is an expert in all of these areas but he or she must be familiar enough with each of them to skillfully synthesize their results into an overarching determination. This is no easy feat to be sure. And, as we have seen, supremely capable interpreters often arrive at very different conclusions.” (p. 160)
Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither is a paperback with 174 pages and sells for $16.99. The contributors are James K. Hoffmeier , Gordon John Wenham , Kenton Sparks.